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Looking back: Two escaped injury in plane crash near Farmington 50 years ago

50 years ago

From the Sept. 5, 1963

edition of the

Dakota County Tribune

Two escape as plane crash lands here

Two men were unhurt when their Aeronca seaplane crashlanded in one of Cleve Van Dyke’s fields, about a mile north of Farmington at 6:30 p.m. Labor Day.

Pilot and owner of the plane was Russ Hall, 30, of Route 1, Shakopee. He was accompanied by Stan Hall, 32, his brother from Minneapolis.

Neither was injured, Stan Hall had a torn shirt.

The plane was eastbound, approaching County Road 31, just north of Farmington.

Among those who were attracted by the “sputtering” single engine of the pontoon-equipped craft, were Dan Reisinger, who was erecting a house; Mrs. Robert Shea, and Mrs. Eugene Clay and daughter, Linda, 13.

The plane circled to the north, losing altitude rapidly, disappearing from their view behind some trees. They knew it had crashed.

Farther north, Ed Ulvi, from a quarter mile distance, saw the plane come down into the rain-soaked earth and tall grass. It slid along the ground behind the Ulvi place, as the pilot executed a skillful forced landing. He almost had the plane stopped, but it flopped over on the top wing at the last moment, Ulvi said....

Russ Hall admitted the accident was “a little expensive” but did not elaborate. The plane was dismantled Tuesday and removed from the field.

School enrollments up again this year

There has been a general increase in school enrollment throughout the area this term. The biggest increases coming in Burnsville and Rosemount with 25 and 26 percent increases respectively.


R.O. Boehlke, superintendent of Farmington schools, reported about a 10 percent increase in enrollment over last year.

The total for elementary this year was 666 as compared to 610 for last year; total for junior high this year was 295 compared to 284 last year and for high school, 255 for this year and 233 for last.

The special help grade has 10 members this year....

The breakdown by grades is as follows: Grade one — 140; Grade two — 121; Grade three — 114; Grade four — 102; Grade five — 92; Grade six — 97; Grade seven — 99; Grade eight — 85; Grade nine — 101; Grade ten — 94; Grade eleven — 85; Grade twelve — 76.


Rosemount School superintendent H.C. Hanson, reported a 25 percent increase in the number of students over last year. There is a total of 1,725 students in that district this year, compared to 1,310 last.

The total elementary school enrollment for this year is 1,089, and 827 for last. For high school, the total figure for last year was 483 and is 636 for this year.

75 years ago

From the Sept. 9, 1938

edition of the

Dakota County Tribune

Electric event at fairgrounds

Lack of exhibit space at the local school gymnasium has prompted the board of directors of The Dakota County Electric Co-Operative to change the scene of the coming electrical festival to the fairgrounds it was decided at a board meeting Wednesday night.

The purpose of the meeting is to educate farmers and others of the profitable uses of electricity.

At the fairgrounds dealers will have ample space for booths in which various appliances will be displayed.

The R.E.A. Electrical Festival will be held Wednesday, Sept. 28, and don’t forget the place — fairgrounds, Farmington.

Brandtjen Boys win horse prizes at the state fair

Two Farmington boy riders from the Brandtjen Stock farm won first and second at the state fair horse show held in the Hippodrome building, Monday evening of this week.

For boy riders under 16 years of age, John Brandtjen won first and Henry A. Brandtjen won second.

These youthful horsemen are sons of Henry Brandtjen and they gave an exhibition of fancy saddle horse riding at our county fair here recently.

100 years ago

From the Sept. 5, 1913

edition of the

Dakota County Tribune

Change of ownership

A deal was consummated this week whereby E. Kuchera again becomes owner of the Farmington Bakery and has already taken possession. Mr. Kuchera for five years conducted this business in Farmington.

About five years ago the lure of homestead advantages in South Dakota became too strong for him and he sold to J.G. Datwyler and went west. He homesteaded a quarter section, improved the place and made money and later bought another quarter.

These farms he has cleaned up on and rented out for a term of a year and he now returns to “his first love” to round out his fortune.

Mr. Kuchera is a hustler of business and understands the bakery business from A to Z. He takes hold of the business where Mr. Datwyler leaves off and will continue to furnish the people of Farmington and neighboring towns with the best in his line.

As soon as carpenters and other help can be secured, he will commence the erection of a new building and then enlarge his oven and carry on the business in both wholesale and retail.

Michelle Leonard

Michelle Leonard joined the Woodbury Bulletin staff in November, 2014, after 14 years covering news for the Bulletin's sister publication, the Farmington Rosemount Independent Town Pages.  Michelle earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Communications: News-Editorial from Mankato State University in 1991. She is an active member of the American Legion Auxiliary Clifford Larson Unit 189 of Farmington, and served as the 2014-15 Third District President to the American Legion Auxiliary Department of Minnesota. Michelle is also the volunteer coordinator for the Minnesota Newspaper Museum which is open annually during the Minnesota State Fair. She has earned Minnesota Newspaper Association awards in Investigative Reporting, Local News Coverage, Feature Photography and Column Writing. 

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